By Jay Ruderman
We’re proud to announce that author Tom Fields-Meyer has been added to the lineup for ADVANCE, our Jewish disabilities funders conference set for December 6 in New York City. Tom’s book, Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love, has been described as “inspirational,” “wonderful” and “uplifting.”
Fields-Meyer joins a star-studded group of presenters, including Academy Award–winning actress Marlee Matlin, Harvard Law School Project on Disability’s Michael A. Stein and such thought-leaders as Timothy Shriver, Shelley Christensen and Steve Eidelman for the all-day event.
As more than 100 funders from around the Jewish community come together, we will celebrate and grow the vision of an inclusive Jewish community — open, welcoming and supportive of individuals with disabilities and special needs. Along with our keynote speakers, the day will also feature roundtables, hands-on workshops and networking sessions.
ADVANCE is a project of the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), and is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (“The Joint” or JDC), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston, and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
If you are a funder who gives $25,000 a year or more, or $10,000 or more towards disability-related programs, we hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting, inspirational and productive day. We know that, working together, we can make our shared vision a reality, and we look forward to seeing you on December 6.
— Jay Ruderman